This football match experience was different and special to me because this time I was the goalkeeper of the team. I always played as strike and because our team’s goalkeeper denied playing football this time, I had to play as a goalkeeper. At first I decided not to participate but all my teammates motivated me as it was our last year to play under-17 Subroto in which earlier we have won state championship twice.
This experience was amazing as all my teammates supported me and appreciated me for any action that I did. I did not get a lot of time to practice for this position. I always used to think why goalkeepers miss such easy goals but while playing as one I understood the logic behind it . The efforts I had put to do my best as a goalkeeper benefitted everyone. I actually saved many goals in the finals which was surprising to me and for which my coach also appreciated me. Now I know that all players in the team have equal pressure on them. Moreover, now I am capable of playing as a striker and as a goalkeeper which makes me feel very proud. Although we didn’t go for nationals this year as we did the past two years, I learned a lot about my strengths and my weaknesses. I will always remember this state competition for the things I have achieved as a learner. I am in love with this position now and I am also looking forward to improve my goalkeeping skills and play this position in further games my team participates in.